UMass Cross Country Teams Open 2005 Season At Dartmouth Invitational
Sept. 9, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts men's and women's cross country teams will head to the Dartmouth Invitational on Saturday to begin the 2005 season. Both teams are young on paper, but feature experienced runners who saw heavy competition early in their careers.
Derosa was the top runner for UMass finishing each race as the Minutewomen's No. 1 finisher. As a freshman, Derosa won the UMass Invitational, finished second at the Syracuse Invitational and took 12th at the Atlantic 10 Championships. At the NCAA Northeast Regional, she finished 63rd overall.
Kierans ran as the No. 2 runner for UMass in the first half of the season last year. Throughout 2004 she finished every race among the team's top-five scorers. She took fourth overall at the UMass Invitational and fifth at the Syracuse Invitational.
As a team, UMass is looking to improve upon its fifth-place performance at the Atlantic 10 Championship in 2004. Sophomores Amanda Bodette (East Middlebury, Vt.) and Ashley Davidson (Natick, Mass.) should have strong second-year performances for the Minutewomen in the A-10 push.
On the men's side, UMass returns five seniors and adds the services of track standout Jon Korhonen (Gardner, Mass.) who won the New England Championships indoor mile a season ago.
Korhonen, Andy McCarron (Lunenburg, Mass.) and Matthew Clark (Worcester, Mass.) each return for their fifth-year of eligibility and their experience will certainly benefit those younger runners on the roster.
Senior Ryan Corbett (East Longmeadow, Mass.) was the team's No. 1 runner last season leading the Minutemen in every race but one in which he did not compete. Corbett had three top-5 overall finishes last season taking second at the UMass Invitational, third at the Syracuse Invitational and fifth at the Albany Invitational. He took 16th overall to lead UMass at the Atlantic 10 Championship and finished 62nd overall at the NCAA Northeast Regional.
Sophomore Nils Fischer (Stow, Mass.), sophomore Matt Klypka (Oakland, N.J.) and senior Paul Noone (Worcester, Mass.) give UMass a solid nucleus of runners to place on any course. The Minutemen feature a deep roster with 20 runners listed giving O'Brien a talented stable of UMass harriers.
Both teams will host Vermont and Maine next Saturday (9/17), but will hold the meet at Amherst College because of construction on the UMass campus.
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